Saturday, January 14, 2012

Whatever Happened to Lace?

Just in Time, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
Lace by Ann Sullivan welcomes you to her office furnished by Annie Morrison. Barbie Basics dress. Gloves by Liz Cole for Retros.

Back in the 1990’s, when the economic reality greatly differed from today’s, it was many a Barbie doll’s collector dream to create his or her own doll. Lace is one very special example. Handmade and hand painted by artist Ann Sullivan, Lace came to be in 1992 and was a doll ahead of her times. Made of resin, Lace was also articulated and strung (most ingeniously, we must add) at a time when articulation was not the name of the game. As a consequence, the Lace doll poses like a dream, most obviously when sitting, as her thighs and legs are separate pieces. Her head cannot only turn but also tilt.


Advertised religiously in the classifieds section of the much missed Barbie Bazaar magazine, the Lace doll was produced for a short period and is today a very hard to find beauty. For this feature, a Lace doll from the collection of make-up artist super star Wonderbilly came to Dolldom’s studio for an exclusive sitting with our photographer.


Fanfare, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Lace by Ann Sullivan wears a stunning picture hat by Mariann Roy and a fantasy necklace by Joy Jarred.


Lace 9, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: A vintage tropical print cotton muumuu dress is perfect pairing for Yatabazah's luscious human hair wig.


Oracle, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Golden column gown by Travis Kaller gives Lace a classic feel, as if she wear an ancient icon of love and passion.

 
 Defiant, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Lace expresses many emotions. This is her haughty side.

 
Readers, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: For that air of intellectualism. Glasses and pin by Mattel.


Perfect Posture, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Lace by Ann Sullivan wears a blue silk gown with bolero jacket by Travis Kaller. Necklace by Joy Jarred. Bracelet by Mattel.


Reveal, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Sans bolero, Travis Kaller's peacock blue silk gown boasts elaborate origami-style folds at the back. Necklace by Joy Jarred.

Pensive, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Thinking dolls rule Dolldom.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Greetings

It's a new year! Let's get to work!
Coming soon to Dolldom:
Whatever Happened to Lace?, a featurette on the Lace doll by Ann Sullivan
The Biggest Girl in Town, a fun portfolio with the 29-inch Betsy McCall
Animal Behavior, a fashion spread focusing on fascinating animal prints
With Love, Brani, featuring the fabulous designs of Bulgarian artist Brani Mladenov
The Barbie Look, a feature celebrating the Barbie Doll's Bendleg Era
And many more surprises! Stay tuned!